Take control with Social Security online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We continue to add more services you can access through your secure my Social Security account.  Use your personal my Social Security account to check your Social Security record and complete your business conveniently and securely from home or on the go. If you do not currently receive benefits, you can: Request a replacement Social Security … Continue reading Take control with Social Security online

Get your Social Security benefit statement (SSA-1099 / SSA-1042S)

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We’ve made getting your annual Benefit Statement even easier.  The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, is a tax form we mail each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits.  It shows the total amount of benefits you received from us in the previous year.  You can use this … Continue reading Get your Social Security benefit statement (SSA-1099 / SSA-1042S)

Not ready to retire? You can still apply for Medicare online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Did you know that you can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to retire?  And it takes less than 10 minutes!  There are no forms to sign and usually no required documentation.  We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information.  To apply for Medicare and find other important … Continue reading Not ready to retire? You can still apply for Medicare online

Representative payees help you manage your Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Some people who receive monthly Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income payments may need help managing their money.  When we receive information that shows you need help, we’ll work with you to find the most suitable representative payee to manage your benefits.  A representative payee receives your monthly benefit payment on your behalf and must … Continue reading Representative payees help you manage your Social Security

How to get your new baby’s Social Security number

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Welcoming a baby to your family is an exciting time.  Doing paperwork, even for something as important as a Social Security number for your newborn, is probably one of the last things you want to do.  We’ve made it easy.  If your child is born in a hospital, the most convenient way to apply for a … Continue reading How to get your new baby’s Social Security number

Social Security’s top ten web pages for 2021

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs SpecialistSocial Security Column There’s no better place to do your business with us or get answers than on our website.  We’re always working to improveour web pages and add online services to better serve you.  Here are our top 10 web pages of 2021: 1. Open your own my Social Security account, where you canverify your earnings, … Continue reading Social Security’s top ten web pages for 2021

Social Security: Answers from the experts

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You may need Social Security when you least expect it and we’re here to make sure our information is always accessible to you.  Whether you’re planning for your retirement years in advance or thinking about applying today, you probably have questions. Our Frequently Asked Questions web page at faq.ssa.gov has answers to your questions about our … Continue reading Social Security: Answers from the experts

Social Security Q&A Part 27

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I plan to retire soon. When are Social Security benefits paid? Answer:​ Social Security benefits are paid each month. Generally, new retirees receive their benefits on either the second, third, or fourth Wednesday of each month, depending on the day in the month the retiree was born. If you receive benefits as a spouse, your benefit … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 27

Women and Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist More women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income in the 21st century than at any other time in our nation’s history.  Women, on average, also face greater economic challenges in retirement than men. Women generally live longer than men while often having lower lifetime earnings.  Women may also reach retirement … Continue reading Women and Social Security